180 Days With Mozart And Me

A Survey Of The Philips Complete Mozart Edition…From Symphonies Through Theatre And Ballet Music

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Of the End (Theatre and Ballet Music, Box 17)

June 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Box 17: Theatre and Ballet Music, K299c, K446, KApp10, Mozart at 22, Mozart at 27, Sir Neville Marriner

This is the last of the CDs in the Philips Compact Complete Mozart Edition boxed set. It is also the last post I’ll make to this web site. It’s been fun. I’m glad today’s CD was performed entirely by the Academy of St. Martin-in-the-Fields and conducted by Sir Neville Marriner. That’s a perfect way to [...]

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Of Beginnings and Endings (Theatre and Ballet Music, Box 17)

June 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Box 17: Theatre and Ballet Music, K15 (various), K33, Kochel catalogue, London (1764-5), London Sketchbook, Mozart at 8, Mozart at 9, Sir Neville Marriner

I just opened the last box of CDs, box 17 Theatre and Ballet Music * Rarities * Surprises. I’ve been listening to Mozart non-stop for a few days shy of six months. This box of CDs represents the final five days in my journey. And a fitting end it’ll be, too. We’re back to instrumental [...]

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Of Cold Saturdays and Warm Operas (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 8th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Agenore, Alessandro, Aminta, Angela Maria Blasi, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Briony Shaw, Claes H Ahnsjo, Elisa, Il re pastore, Iris Vermillion, Jerry Hadley, John Constable, K208, K208 (Part II), Mozart at 19, Salzburg (Spring 1775), Sir Neville Marriner, Strato, Sylvia McNair, Tamiri

It’s an ugly day here in Grand Rapids. It’s overcast, rainy, and very chilly. Yuck. Happily, I have today’s CD to lift my spirits. Which is rare because this is CD 2 of Mozart’s opera Il re pastore, K208. And I still like it. For me, Il re pastore is the best of Mozart’s Early [...]

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Of Classical Pianists and Shepherd Kings (Box 14, Middle Italian Operas)

May 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Agenore, Alessandro, Aminta, Angela Maria Blasi, Box 14: Middle Italian Operas, Briony Shaw, Castrato (definition), Chico Marx, Claes H Ahnsjo, Elisa, Il re pastore, Ingrid Fliter, Iris Vermillion, Jerry Hadley, John Constable, K208, K208 (Part I), Maynard Solomon, Mozart at 19, Mozart's Letters Mozart's Life, Mozart: A Life, Robert Spaethling, Salzburg (Spring 1775), Shoot piano keys, Sir Neville Marriner, Sylvia McNair, Tamiri, Tommaso Consoli

Famed Classical pianist Ingrid Fliter was in town last night. She performed at St. Cecilia Music Center. She was terrific, very technically proficient. Her choices showcased her talent well: Bach, Beethoven, and Schumann. I wasn’t particularly moved, though. I don’t know why. The concert seemed to lack magic. Maybe it was me. Or the sparse [...]

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Of Wandering Minds and Rolling Rs (Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Canons, Box 12)

April 17th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Anton Scharinger, Box 12: Arias Vocal Ensembles Canons Lieder Notturni, Bryn Terfel, Dresdner Philharmonie, Eva Lind, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Jörg-Peter Weigle, Julie Kaufmann, K434, K441, K479, K480, K492, K527, K532, K540b, K577, K579, K584, K625, KApp25, KApp5, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 29, Mozart at 30, Mozart at 31, Mozart at 33, Mozart at 34, Muncher RFO, Peter Schreier, Prague (October 28 1787), Rene Pape, Rudolf Jansen, Sir Neville Marriner, Vienna, Vienna (1785-6), Vienna (1786), Vienna (1787), Vienna (April 29 1786), Vienna (August 11 1788), Vienna (August 1789), Vienna (August 1790), Vienna (December 1790), Vienna (January 1790), Vienna (July 1789), Vienna (Late 1782), Vienna (November 21 1785), Vienna (November 5 1785)

Today’s CD is a fest of rolling Rs. It wasn’t compelling enough to stop my mind from wandering (isn’t that a line from a Beatles song?). But it was entertaining. A few selections from the Marriage of Figaro are represented here. And more songs from the superb Eva Lind. (I wonder if she’s related to [...]

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Of Cinnamon-Chip Scones and Well-Balanced Music (Arias, Vocal Ensembles, Canons, Box 12)

April 16th, 2010 · No Comments · Box 12: Arias Vocal Ensembles Canons Lieder Notturni, Dresdner Philharmonie, Edith Wiens, Elzbieta Szmytka, Gunnar Gudbjornson, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Iris Vermillion, Jörg-Peter Weigle, K135 (ornamentation from K293e), K366 (with alternate duet K489), K389, K490, K51, K87, Mozart at 12, Mozart at 14, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 25, Mozart at 26, Mozart at 30, Muncher RFO, Panera Bread, Peter Schreier, Robert Tear, Sir Colin Davis, Sir Neville Marriner, Staatskapelle Dresden/Karl Bohm, Stuart Burrows

This CD was a pleasant surprise. With a title like Arias & Duets I wasn’t expecting much. Well, I take that back. I was expecting another nightmare. What I discovered (as I munched my cinnamon-chip scone from Panera Bread) is that these are very nice performances. Although this isn’t a CD I could listen to [...]

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Of Screenplays New and Kings David (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 7th, 2010 · No Comments · Beatles, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Brett Rosenberg, Dave Brubeck, Davide penitente, Fireflight, Grateful Dead, Half Light, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Iris Vermillion, K469, Margaret Marshall, Mozart at 29, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Revolver, Screenplays, Screenwriting, Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band, Sir Neville Marriner, Sudfunk-Chor, Time Out, Vienna (March 1785), Writing Music

Last week, I submitted my latest screenplay to various national competitions. This week, I get started (again) on a screenplay based on one of my favorite children’s book series. I started this project three or four years ago. I’ve written three screenplays since that time. It’s time for me to complete this one so I [...]

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Of Resurrections and Recitativos (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 4th, 2010 · No Comments · Aldo Baldin, Ann Murray, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Easter, Grabmusik, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Inga Nielsen, K146, K35, K42, Mozart at 11, Mozart at 16, Mozart at 23, Passion Song, Passionslied, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Recitativo, Resurrection, Salzburg (1767 - Final Chorus 1772), Salzburg (early 1765), Salzburg (March-April 1779), Sir Neville Marriner, Stephen Varcoe, Sudfunk-Chor

In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, [...]

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Or Repeat Kvetchers and First-Order Obligations (Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios, Box 11)

April 3rd, 2010 · No Comments · Aldo Baldin, Ann Murray, Box 11: Mozart: Litanies; Vespers; Oratorios; Cantatas; Masonic Music, Die Schuldigkeit des ersten Gebots, Hans Peter Blochwitz, Inga Nielsen, K35, Margaret Marshall, Mozart at 11, Radio-Sinfonieorchester Stuttgart, Salzburg (early 1767), Sir Neville Marriner

Those kvetchers are back. Both of ‘em. Sitting there with their large cups of coffee. I can’t hear what they’re saying this morning. I’m on the other side of the room, in my usual table by the east windows. They’re over by the fireplace on the west side. When I look to my left, I [...]

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Of Wow and More Wow (Violin & Wind Concertos, Box 5)

February 5th, 2010 · No Comments · Academy of St Martin-in-the-Fields, Alan Civil, Beatles, Box 5: Violin & Wind Concertos, Flute Concerto in D, For No One, Irena Grafenauer, Jack Brymer, Mannheim (January-February 1778), Michael Chapman, Mozart at 21, Mozart at 22, Neil Black, Paris (Spring 1778), Sinfonia Concerto in E Flat (doubtful), Sir Neville Marriner

Out-freakin’-standing! What an amazing CD! This was the perfect way to start a dark, cold winter’s day. It’s hard to beat Irena Grafenauer‘s inspired flute playing. My eyes lit up the second she broke into Movement 1 (Allegro aperto) of Flute Concerto No.2 in D, K.314. Listen to 1:06 onwards, especially the note she holds [...]

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